Wilton Engineering Services Limited (WESL), a leader in design, fabrication and construction services to the oil, gas and energy industry, announces the award of a significant UK North Sea contract with international integrated energy company, ConocoPhillips.
The award to fabricate the Long Term Compression (LTC) module for the Britannia field will create up to 100 new jobs with a further 150 sub-contract jobs taking the total to 250 jobs for Teesside.
Britannia is a gas condensate field situated around 130 miles (210 kilometres), north-east of Aberdeen. The original main platform was built at the Wilton Group’s Port Clarence facility in 1995.
The team at Wilton Engineering, a Wilton Group company, will deliver the 2,200-tonne LTC module in March 2013, which will extend the life of the Britannia gas field and enhance production from existing wells. The LTC module will be 30 metres long, 29 metres high and 18 metres wide and it will accommodate one of the largest compressors in the North Sea.
Bill Scott, chief executive officer of Wilton Group, says: “Wilton Engineering is delighted to have been awarded the contract to work on this prestigious project. We are looking forward to developing an excellent working relationship with our client and are confident of delivering the project safely, whilst achieving all the project deadlines. The contract was awarded following a competitive tender process and we are really pleased that it was placed within the UK. To have this project carried out in Teesside will be a great boost not only to our workforce but also the wider local economy. The award further enhances our reputation to build large-scale engineering projects and endorses the skills of our talented workforce.”
Energy Minister Charles Hendry says: “This is great news for Wilton Engineering and great news for the UK economy with 250 quality jobs being supported over a prolonged period in the North of England,” “I am particularly pleased to see companies like ConocoPhillips acknowledging the excellent engineering and construction capability which exists on their doorstep and in doing so helping to grow the UK industrial sector.”
Wilton Engineering occupies a 50-acre construction yard with design and large fabrication facilities in Middlesbrough, which is also the location of Universal Coatings which shotblasts and applies specialist coatings.
Recently, the group launched a new operation in Brazil, which has already secured rig upgrade contracts with a global drilling contractor. Wilton has also established a rig upgrade and vessel mobilisation business in Dundee and opened an office in Great Yarmouth in pursuit of its growth strategy.
In October, Wilton Engineering was recognised as the fastest growing large business in the North East of England for the second year in a row after collecting the 2011 honour at the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards and just recently during November its CEO, Bill Scott was awarded the North East Business Executive of the year for 2011.